The British system of naming musical rhythms is a perfect example of one of the problems of society. It's a "traditional" method that obscures the real meaning of everything but we still use it, just because it's traditional.
People argue against me on the drawbacks of this system, but it's clear to me that these so-called benefits also apply to better systems like fractional rhythm (which is used in the US and a lot of the rest of the world, and is what I advocate). This belief - that your use of something just because it's traditional is something can be logically argued for - is completely a lie. Tradition and "this is how I learned it as a kid" are not legitimate reasons for ANYTHING.